Lying is approved and sanctioned
Joshua 2:4-6 View context
And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they [were]:
And it came to pass [about the time] of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them.
But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.
James 2:25 View context
Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent [them] out another way?
Exodus 1:18-20 View context
And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?
And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women [are] not as the Egyptian women; for they [are] lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.
Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.
1 Kings 22:21-22 View context
And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.
And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade [him], and prevail also: go forth, and do so.
Lying is forbidden
Exodus 20:16 View context
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Proverbs 12:22 View context
Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.
Revelation 21:8 View context
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.